November 13, 2020
Of Counsel Robert Cotter, a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, joined Dysart Taylor in 1976. Bob is a highly regarded litigator with extensive experience representing many of the nation’s largest aviation and insurance companies and their insureds.
Bob has successfully defended cases involving wrongful death, personal injury and property damage in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest.
Read on to learn more about Robert in our Attorney Spotlight:
Why did you want to become an attorney? What made you decide on this field?
“There were several people I knew who were lawyers and who I admired. They were accomplished lawyers who seemed to enjoy what they did. I wanted to be a professional and be in a profession where I could help others.”
What is your most significant memory or case in your career?
“I had a one-month jury trial in federal court where we defended the fifth-largest insurance broker in the world – a British company – against the largest insurance company in the world – a French company – involving a $50 million reinsurance dispute. We spent one month in Paris taking depositions, and the tension between the rival parties was intense. After over two years of litigation, we were successful in obtaining a defense verdict for our client.”
What is the best advice you can give an up-and-coming attorney?
“Establish trust and confidence with your clients by taking a genuine interest in their matter and doing exceptional work. Don’t just handle a case, but form a relationship with the client.”
You’ve been with the firm since 1976. What is the biggest change you’ve witnessed during that time?
“Technology is obviously the biggest change over the years. It is great in many ways including being more efficient, but it has resulted in less personal contact with clients. It is important to make an effort to meet with clients and maintain those personal relationships.”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“I spend as much time as possible with my grandchildren – it’s a blast! When we are not traveling or with the grandkids, I like to golf, bike and fish.”